12 tags of 2013 – july…


we want to take this moment to acknowledge the fallen prescott firefighters “the granite mountain hot shots” in the recent tragedy.  our thoughts and prayers go out to them and their families for this very sad loss – we are forever thankful for their service…

i can’t believe this year is already half over.  i had so many ideas spinning in my head, but i continued to be inspired by this theme so i wanted to embrace it.  hope you give this one a try, it’s a pretty cool way to use distress stains in a very different way – here we go…

supplies: craft sheet, mini brayer, distress stains/fired brick/barn door/faded jeans/salty ocean/brushed pewter, distress rock candy crackle paint, distress ink, ink blending tool, heat tool, archival ink/vermillion/jet black, #8 manila tag, stamps: simple sayings/music notes, stencil clip, tissue tape, grungeboard, crinkle ribbon, sanding grip, wire pin, muse token, adornment, old glory die, vagabond, paper distresser, scissors, foam tape

DSC06192step 1: die cut old glory die from grungeboard using a vagabond.  paint a medium layer of rock candy distress crackle paint over pieces and set aside to dry.

DSC06193step 2: once the crackle is completely dry you will notice the porcelain style crackling on the pieces.

DSC06194step 3: begin coloring the design by tapping distress stain over the crackled portions of the color.  allow the stain to seep into the cracks to create the desired intensity of color.

DSC06195step 4: continue coloring using various colors of distress stain.

DSC06196step 5: add a touch of metallic using metallic distress stain to areas also.

DSC06197step 6: heat the stained crackle using a heat tool to “bake” the colors into the crackle.

DSC06200step 7: for an added distressed look, ink over stained piece with distress ink using an ink blending tool.

DSC06202step 8: for the tag background, apply distress stain to a craft sheet by pressing down and squeezing the side of the bottle to dispense stain. (i used 2 tones of a color)

DSC06203step 9: lightly roll a brayer through the fluid stain to cover the roller with droplets of ink.  *note: if you press down too hard when rolling through the ink you will not pick up enough “droplets” for the technique effect.

DSC06204step 10: quickly and lightly roll the inked brayer across the tag in one direction.  check out the great random and mottled inked effect.

DSC06205step 11: dry the inked area with a heat tool.

DSC06209step 12: repeat previous steps with another color combo and ink in another area of the tag.  dry this layer with a heat tool as well.

DSC06210step 13: ink the edges of the tag with distress ink using an ink blending tool.

DSC06218step 14: randomly stamp a background stamp using archival ink using just parts of the stamp by bending the stamp when applying it.

DSC06212step 15: distress the edges of the tag with a paper distresser.

DSC06214step 16: stamp the label from simple sayings set on to a manila scrap.

DSC06216step 17: stamp words inside the label using the simple sayings set and cut to size.

DSC06217step 18: ink the edges with distress ink using ink tool.

DSC06225step 19: add stencil clip to stamped label.

DSC06227step 20: add tissue tape to various areas of the tag.

DSC06226step 21: apply foam tape to the back of all pieces for the tag.

DSC06231step 22: adhere all pieces to tag as shown.

DSC06219step 23: stamp crinkle ribbon with archival ink and dry ink immediately with heat tool.

DSC06221step 24: apply distress stains to various areas of the ribbon leaving some areas plain white.

DSC06222step 25: mist the crinkle ribbon with water to blend colors.

DSC06223step 26: crumple ribbon into a ball and let dry or dry with heat tool.

DSC06224step 27: ink the dry ribbon with distress ink using ink tool.

DSC06229step 28: sand the surface of a muse token with sanding grip to bring out the shine in the metal word.

DSC06230step 29: attach muse token and adornment charm to ribbon with wire pin.

DSC06271the details: check out how cool the flag looks…like glazed porcelain.

what a cool background trick with a brayer huh?  you can use this technique with your favorite color stains, ink sprays, paints, and more.  the more you practice the amount of liquid you get on the brayer and the lighter you roll across the surface, the results are always amazing.  i can’t wait to see what you create this month…t!m

congrats to the winners from the june 12 tags of 2013.
if you see your name (and it links to your tag)
please email mario@timholtz.com to claim your prize…

1. Hetty- nov
2. Shirl L
3. Mary Elizabeth
4. Dolly
5. froebelsternchen
6. Sue C
7. Amy*
8. Chary Deiling
9. Nunt
10. Donna
11. Ruby C
12. Katy D

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